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Fitness trackers – Fit Bit and Jawbone

Fitness trackers – Fit Bit and Jawbone

You may have seen these cool, hip rubber bracelets that people have been wearing to track their activity level. Good-bye pedometers – hello fitness trackers! Fitness trackers take the simple concept of being aware of your activity throughout the day and enhance it. A fitness tracker not only acts as a pedometer, but it can(…)

How to cook rice

How to cook rice

As a dietitian, I often get asked how to cook certain things. The other day, someone asked “How do you cook rice?” and “How much does one cup of rice yield once cooked?” Fortunately, I have a number of excellent resources (Joy of Cooking and On Food and Cooking are just a couple of books(…)

New Year’s resolution – Learn to run 10km

New Year’s resolution – Learn to run 10km

For me, the new year happens to coincide with the start of my run and triathlon training. Running and triathlon season starts in the spring and goes into the summer/early fall. That gives me three to four months to get ready provided I start training in January or February. (I only do 10km runs or sprint(…)

French Kids Eat Everything – including baked apples

French Kids Eat Everything – including baked apples

I found out about this popular French dessert while reading the book “French Kids Eat Everything (And Yours Can, Too) – by Karen Le Billon”.  It’s a true story about a Canadian mother who moves her young family from Vancouver to her husband’s hometown in northern France for a couple years. It’s an honest depiction of(…)

How to cut winter squash without hurting yourself

How to cut winter squash without hurting yourself

We are into October where the leaves are changing colour and Thanksgiving celebrations are all around. Which also means it’s winter squash season (e.g. pumpkin, butternut, buttercup, acorn, hubbard)! I have a love/hate relationship with winter squash in general. I love their bright colour, smooth texture and sweet taste but found them intimidating to cook(…)

Is it broccoli or is it cauliflower? Neither – it’s Romanesco

Is it broccoli or is it cauliflower? Neither – it’s Romanesco

The first time I saw Romanesco was at the Jean Talon market in Montreal last fall. I wasn’t sure what it was at first but I was intrigued by its pyramid like shape and geometry. It kind of looks like a science fiction version of broccoli that’s ligher in colour and angular in shape versus(…)

What kind of apples should you use to make apple pie?

What kind of apples should you use to make apple pie?

There are a couple of comforting things about fall to help ease the adjustment of shorter days and cooler temperatures. The fact that it’s a time for apple picking, corn field mazes and winter squash (pumpkin, butternut and acorn to name a few). One of my favourite things to make is apple pie. It’s one(…)

Butter versus margarine – which one is better?

Butter versus margarine – which one is better?

For as long as I’ve been a dietitian, this debate is still going on. There always seems to be a different spin each time. Butter is saturated but margarine isn’t. Butter is ‘natural’ but margarine is manufactured. And don’t get me started on the whole hydrogenated vs. non-hydrogenated issue. Serious bakers and chefs swear by(…)

What is pumpkin pie spice?

What is pumpkin pie spice?

Pumpkin pie spice is a combination of cinnamon, ground ginger, nutmeg or mace, cloves and allspice. It’s often used in pumpkin flavoured desserts such as pumpkin pie, cakes, cookies, custards and even lattes. You can use some or all of these spices depending on your preference. When I did a series of pumpkin pie taste(…)

Getting kids in the kitchen with Growing Taste Buds

Getting kids in the kitchen with Growing Taste Buds

I’m involved with various food-related initiatives in Toronto. Visiting the various programs helps me learn about food and see the kinds of programs that are available in the community. It’s also my opportunity to give back and teach people about something that I am truly passionate about. I really wanted to help out with children’s(…)